The Five Best Places to Drop a Grand for Dinner in Dallas
Texas, some say, is big. In Texas appetites are bigger, appetizers are bigger, and dinner bills can be much bigger, if you find the the right restaurant. When you don’t want to compromise on quality and need a little epicurean splendor, Dallas restaurants can serve up everything you are looking for, along with a few surprises.
Here are the five best restaurants in Dallas to find the epitome of good taste:
The French Room
The French have a genius for understatement. The quiet, unassuming name of The French Room at the Aldophus Hotel in Dallas’ historic district hides a national treasure that the New York Times called “a Louis XV fantasy on the prairie,” and Zagat rates as “perfection.” Just south of the wealthy neighborhoods of Highland Park and the M Streets, star chef Marcos Segovia presents fixed price Grand Tastings with wine pairings that can easily top a grand for a romantic (and epicurious) couple. Amid all the velvet and gold, you may come to realize that the old world was never actually this elegant.
When you are call yourself “the Ritz,” people tend to expect more. The Ritz-Carlton in smack in the middle of the Dallas Arts District, so people in the know frequently stumble into the Ritz after a long day of museum-hopping, or before a long night of opera. Celebrity chef Dean Fearing understands. A glass pavilion overlooking a walled garden offers safety and comfort as you discover farm-to-market delicacies like Heirloom Tomato Tartare with Crispy Shallot and Basil Aioli; or Apricot Barbecue Glazed Lockhart Texas Quail. Private events come with floral and decorative furniture fabric treatments, so break out your checkbook and your easel.
Nine courses? That’s doesn’t refer to golf at Cedar Crest. That’s a menu choice at Kent Rathbun’s nouvelle Pacific Rim chop house between the artsy lofts of Oak Lawn and the athletic-themed mansions of While Rock Lake. Gourmets and gourmands alike come from around the country for Lobster-Scallion Shooters and Hamachi Sashimi with Yuzu and Togarashi. This is not the Chinese takeout of your college years. These are masterful dining creations from the chef who dominated the Iron Chef Elk Battle at the season premier a few years ago.
Fogo de Chão
Beltline Road in Addison is the most aptly named street in the country. There is no place in the county with as many restaurants per square mile and consequently, no place that will have more of an impact on your beltline. It’s just a few minutes from the luxury neighborhoods of Plano and within easy reach of the extremely desirable suburbs of Flower Mound, Southlake, and Parker (where you can still drop in on the Ewing ranch from the ancient TV show “Dallas”). Fogo de Chão offers true Brazilian churrascaria, with gauchos in pantaloons bringing endless spits of every imaginable meat to your table, and a “salad” bar of delicacies like heart of palm. You cannot neglect the caipirinhas or the wine cellar of the world’s most ineffably exquisite wines, some worth as much as a night in the SUV limousine you just valeted.
The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Turtle Creek is Dallas’ home to secluded and architecturally significant homes. Stopping by The Rosewood Mansions on Turtle Creek is like visiting the home of an old friend who happens to be exiled European royalty. Italian marble, stained-glass, sumptuous grottos, and detailed carvings that defy imagination are merely a back-drop for a meal that is worth everything you can liquidate. Seared Foie Gras with Quince, Ahi and Caviar Parfait, and Lobster in Black Gnocchi and Thai Crab are just your first three courses on a journey through a palatial palate paradise. Opulence? They have it.